APSI: AP English Language and Composition for New Teachers, Week 1

This session is designed to acquaint new teachers with the AP Language Exam and how to scaffold teaching so students will be successful.  

Lovett Hall at Rice University with sunshine

There will be an emphasis on lesson design and participants will leave with many ideas for lessons they can implement in their classroom.  Participants needing to write a syllabus for their course will also receive assistance.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42769 Rebecka Stucky On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Instructor: Rebecka Stucky

Rebecka Stucky is currently in her 42nd year of teaching, having taught high school students in Kansas and Texas. Currently, she teaches AP English Language and serves as department chair at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. A dedicated instructor, Ms. Stucky has won numerous awards for her efforts in the classroom. Among her other achievements, she has worked as a reader for the AP English Language exam and has written curriculum to accompany the award-winning Vietnam documentary, In the Shadow of the Blade and the Texas Veteran's Memorial website. For the past nineteen years, Ms. Stucky has been a College Board consultant for the Southwest Region and a consultant for NMSI. She has led many seminars and summer institutes in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Alabama and Washington D.C.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: July 10, 2018

End Date: July 13, 2018

Schedule: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Length: Tuesday-Friday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $555 Tuition includes College Board Exam Resources, course materials, parking and lunch.

Early Registration: $505 if registering by April 9

Late Registration: $605 if registering after June 25

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 30


  • the AP exam
    • multiple choice questions
    • free response questions
    • tips for preparing students
    • writing multiple choice questions
    • adapting and using free-response prompts
  • College Board policies
  • teaching synthesis
  • reading and scoring of AP anchor sets for synthesis


  • teaching rhetoric and the rhetorical triangle
  • close reading
  • teaching analysis
  • reading and scoring of AP anchor sets for analysis
  • using editorials and speeches
  • building a syllabus


  • teaching argument
  • reading and scoring an AP anchor sets for argument
  • work on syllabus/activities
  • first week activities
  • complete unit plan


  • assignments that work
  • writing prompts
  • research
  • sharing best practice ideas
    • Please plan to present a favorite lesson to the other participants.

This schedule is tentative. Some discussions may occur on days other than when they are listed as need arises.